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Jan. 26, 2010

Vol. 6, No. 4

Salem, Ore.

Corban College

He has the biggest smile around; someone who loves life to the fullest and brings his intense personality to everything he undertakes. Louis-Claude Nguea-Njoh is a Cameroonian national who came to the U.S. to pursue soccer at the college level.

“I actually swam all the way across,” he said with a laugh.

our heroes and role models do.” Another attribute Louis-Claude thanks the streets for is his toughness. “It is true for me to say that in the Louis-Claude Nguea-Njoh, or “LC” as his friends and acstreets, it’s really quaintances call him, may be here in the rough,” he said. “It’s States, but he has never forgotten his heri“It is true for me like playing in a unitage. As a boy growing up in Douala, the commerce capital of Cameroon, Louisto say that in the verse of anarchy.” At a young age, LC Claude found an intense passion for the streets, is really made strides on club game that “is played on every street corner.” At a very young age, he was handed the pro- rough. It’s like play- teams and started to turn heads. verbial “ball” and ran with it. ing in a universe of “My tactics and sense “The word football (soccer) is in the mouth of positioning I attribute to of every member of my family regardless of anarchy.” my youth teams and coachtheir gender,” said Nguea-Njoh. es.” His grandfather, Enumedi Guillaume, was - Louis-Claude Nguea-Njoh found his niche the original captain of the “The Indomitable Nguea-Njoh and excelled as a member of Lions,” the Cameroonian national soccer AS Koumassi and team. “I was heavily influenced, along with my family, by my Mbanya FC. “I began developgrandfather’s status as captain,” said Nguea-Njoh. “It was treing and became a mendous.” In the streets of Douala, LC, along with other children, he complete player,” he said. never stopped playing the game he loved. As a 17 “I picked up my style in the streets with the other kids,” he said. “We would dribble around aimlessly, trying new tricks that we saw See LC page 2______ By Mark Flores Staff writer

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“I would pretend to be one of the voices he is used to talking to in his head.” After gaining his confidence... “I would tie him up, then knock him out until we got back to the ground.”

“I would open the exit and toss him out, so he could think about what he did before he died.”

Lisa Young

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Karen Millikan

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“I would go down (in front) of my seat and stick out my leg to trip him or her. The chances of me being able to overpower said hijacker would be slim to none.”


Campus Life LC from page 1_ year-old, Louis-Claude found himself standing in a penalty kick area, mere feet away from stardom. In the most prestigious club soccer tournament in Douala, LC had the opportunity to send his club home with a momentous win if he beat the keeper. He approached the ball and drove it to the back of the net, sealing the win. “I have (many) favorite soccer moments,” he said. “If I had to pick just one, it would be that.” Not only was he the youngest player on his squad, but his efforts also garnered him the MVP award for the entire tournament. After he graduated from high school, he sensed a need to go overseas to learn another of his passions: business. “Now more than ever, English has become the language of business,” he said. “I knew that if I came to the United States, I would learn the English language. This would open doors for lucrative jobs in Cameroon.” Before Corban, LC settled in the Seattle area at Skagit Community College. After spending two years in Washington, he moved south to Corban to further his education and began playing competitive soccer once more. “I came here for my education, soccer and most importantly, my spiritual growth.” As an accounting major, Louis-Claude has excelled in the business department. Along with business, he enjoys psychology and its facets. On Corban’s soccer squad, Nguea-Njoh quickly infused his team with his tough mentality. “He is a fantastic player and knows the game very well,” said senior teammate Jared Rust. “I love playing with him side-by-side.” Standing behind NgueaNjoh’s midfield line, sophomore defender Nolan Dempster instantly recognized Louis-Claude’s impact. “I love playing with him; he’s the type of player every team needs,” Dempster said. “Once he steps on the field, he is a momentum shifter and will cause things to happen; he’s so much fun to play with on the field.” LC and teammate Ayouba Moussa quickly found common ground in their shared language of French. After Corban, NgueaNjoh hopes to someday return to his native Cameroon. “I hope to go back to my home country someday,” he said. “I want to gain experience (here in the States) after I graduate (before then).”

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Rustic island life a heart-changer grams. Corban’s connections to the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and the Kacie Woosley always dreamed Best Semester program were of traveling to Latin America just the right fit. The first Corand studying Spanish while in ban student to utilize the procollege, but she never realized gram in seven years, Woosley just how far God could take her. traveled to Latin America from While Woosley spent most of Aug. 25 to Dec. 10. But long before Woosley her “best semester” last fall in Costa Rica studying language ever considered colleges, maand culture, what impacted her jor events in world history were most was the time she spent liv- occuring that would lead to her ing in huts and cooking over unique experience. The Kuna Inopen fires on an dians are only island in Panaone tribe of the ma. native peoples During her who lived in last week-andSouth America a-half, she lived before Westernwith Panama’s ers ever discovKuna Indians, ered the New wearing colorful World. After Molas, eating harsh treatment armadillo, and by the Spanshowering by iards and Panpouring water ama’s rebellion over herself with coconut shells. Photo courtesy of Kacie Woosley against Colom“They are over- Kacie Woosley is dressed in bia in 1903, the all the happiest a traditional Kuna costume. Kuna retreated from the mainpeople I’ve ever With her are her Kuna land to the San been with, but “mom” Magdaleyka and Blas Islands off they live such a “sister” Mileka. the East coast of simple life,” said Panama. Woosley. “I once heard ‘culture’ defined While men fish all day, women and children work around the as the ability to live out one’s huts, cooking, sewing and doing traditions,” Woosley said. “The Kuna people have that.” other chores. Traditions are important to the “The typical food was fish and a kind of banana,” Woosley said. Kuna, so important that even Yet despite what westerners after their move from the mainmight consider primitive, these land to the islands they still regpeople have a well-developed ulate visitors. “Traditionally, Kuna do restrict sense of love and hospitality. While Woosley was look- visitors, and their laws are very ing at colleges, she specifically specific about what outsiders checked their study abroad pro- are allowed to do,” said Laura By Adrienne Goodrich Staff Writer

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Kacie Woosley plays with Kuna children during her week-and-ahalf stay on their island.

Barnard, professor at the Latin American Studies program. “Our group is one of the only groups who stay with families in their homes, a privilege we get special permission for from the community congress and chiefs.” Woosley said this once-in-alifetime experience challenged her to “think about things on more of a heart level than just on a word level. I don’t want it to only be one of the experiences where I just say ‘I’m so fortunate.’” Woosley said, “Seeing the things we were exposed to and learning the things we learned really encouraged us to think about how the way we live here affects the rest of the world and how we are connected as children of God.” After discovering that her “grandmother” as she familiarly refers to her island family, could not speak Spanish, but only the Kuna language, Woosley learned

the impact of non-verbal communication. Smiling and showing an appreciation for the food was a major compliment, she said. “It’s important to be thoughtful. Words go so far -- but there are other things that go far, too,” she said. While Woosley misses the atmosphere and says she would go back in a heartbeat, she has made resolutions to apply what she learned to life at home. “People there were so helpful and encouraging. I definitely want to be more intentional in supporting people,” Woosley said. The Kuna Indians may be hundreds of miles away, with different views and culture, but they have something everyone could stand to learn more about. “I’ve never felt so welcomed and so loved,” Woosley said.

Warrior Dollars and actual cash used to feed the city’s homeless Student donations provide for 261 on Christmas Day By Rachel Brown ARAMARK Marketing Intern Before the Christmas break, students partnered with ARAMARK to raise money to purchase 261 meals for Salem locals who ate Christmas Day dinner at the Union Gospel Mission. Students were encouraged to purchase $3 “Value Meals.” Each Value Meal donation was used to purchase and prepare a Christmas meal. Besides cash and check donations, students were allowed to donate leftover “War-

Photo by Ellen Kersey

Abel Orbistondo, Ashley Royer, Brad Powell, Jessica Barragan and Josh Bond help load food for the homeless into the van. The food was donated through the “Value Meals” program.

rior Dollars,” their meal plan dollars, redeemable at the dining hall and coffee shop. The idea for the food drive originated with Tamra Taylor, director of food service. “I’d been thinking about ways Corban students and ARAMARK could involve themselves in the community,” she said. “With the resources we have on hand, it made sense to donate meals to those who really need them.” With the donations collected, Taylor transferred the $234 in cash donations directly to the mission. She then used

the purchasing power of the donated Warrior Dollars to order supplies from a grocery list provided by the mission. Items requested included ham, rolls, fruit cocktail, and pies. Taylor transported these supplies to the mission on Christmas Day. Students donated more than $700 during the week-long drive. “I loved the idea of giving my Warrior Dollars to someone who doesn’t have anywhere to go on Christmas,” said senior Kelsey Shields, who graduated in December.


Faith

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Hate-free world is pastor’s dream By Kenneth Mabry Photo editor At 9:55 a.m. on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, hundreds of Corbanites lined up outside the Psalm Center waiting for the doors to open. When they filed inside for chapel, the stage was bare except for a piano. The usual music band was not going to be playing. “It was different than what I expected,” said Caitlyn Taylor, a sophomore. “I figured they would give a sermon on Martin Luther King, and then move on to some normal Bible topic. But the music and the message were really unexpected.” That unexpected message came from Pastor Matt Hennessee of the Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church. Hennessee, who began his pastorate on Martin Luther King Jr. day in 2004, has a personal connection to this topic, both as a pastor and as an AfricanAmerican. As Hennessee spoke of his vision for Corban, Salem, and his home church in Portland, he passed his vision on to the students. Hennessee spoke of the con-

this way, he took what students expected to be a normal “Black Holiday” speech and applied it directly to the students here. Senior Lucas Pitman appreciated the message. “It was nice to have a chapel focused on the holiday it happened to be,” he said. “He repeated that it was not a (black holiday). It was not a commemoration of Dr. King as much as it was a hope that his ideas would go out.” “His whole talk was based upon making the campus and the world a hate-free place,” said Tyler Hanke, a junior transfer. “He was very animated, interesting and he held my attention. He was very real and honest.” As the message ended, Julianne Johnson-Weiss, who had accompanied HenPhoto by Kenneth Mabry nessee and led the singing, Pastor Matt Hennessee shares his asked the audience to shout dream in chapel. out the things they needed to overcome, before everytinuation of King’s dream and one joined hands and sang how it applied to all people in “We Shall Overcome,” the anall countries, and how it called them of the Civil Rights Moveeveryone to be a part of it. In ment.

Living life ‘to the fullest’ at FLI home with that 3-1 ratio. Thank you, Corban College. Those other students became my classmates, my roommates, my sisters, my brothers, my “I can’t wear jeans to dance partners, my study group members, my school? What am I supfellow worshippers, and my own personal comeposed to wear? Skirts? dians. A bonnet on my head? The sense of Christian community at FLI was There’s an abbey nearby; unlike anything I’d been a part of before. I know maybe the nuns will let that in “real life” you don’t get to be with your me borrow one of their closest friends 24/7, but for four months I milked habits.” Kristin Zanon it for all it was worth. Nordstrom was my first I’ve never felt as strong a sense of urgency priority after I found out to live life to the fullest. My first three years of about my dress code for the semester. Apparently, everyone at Focus on the Family college I developed personal boundaries and felt headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., was like I could say “no” to social activities if I was supposed to dress conservatively and profession- too tired, had too much homework, or needed my ally – even those of us attending the Focus Lead- space. But in Colorado, I felt as though the only ership Institute (FLI). I struggled with the idea answer I had was “Yes.” And I don’t regret it. Waffle House at midnight? Sure. Hiking all day of surrendering my bright colors, dresses with after hanging out leggings, boots, accessories, and all the rest of my “style” that I attribute I know that in ‘real with friends literally all night? largely to the influence of my BFF Liz life’ you don’t get to Of course. Have Bates. bonfire in the I was home-schooled in first grade; be with your clos- aforest until 4 in I could learn to dress like that again. the morning? Little did I know, my future classmates est friends 24/7, I’m in. Going were staring at their closets in Geordancing gia, Oklahoma, Ohio, and Tennessee, but for four months line after already trying to figure out how in the world I milked it for all it dancing for four they were going to survive a semester hours at our barn with the extreme right-winged, Biblewas worth. dance? Let’s do thumping, dress-wearing followers of it. Having deep, Dr. James Dobson. We had all convinced ourselves that we were encouraging conversations with my girlfriends each going to be the least conservative person even when we have 100 pages of reading due the in our program. Luckily, we proved each other next morning? Wouldn’t trade it for the world. After all, we have only four months together. wrong. I’ve never laughed so hard, taken so many picAs I hugged my dad goodbye at my new apartment complex in Colorado Springs, I headed off tures, learned so much, and slept so little in my to my first night with my new “family” for the life. But every waking moment was worth it. And semester. I was joined by 71 other students – 53 don’t worry, I still wore lots of bright colors. young women and 18 young men. I felt right at By Kristin Zanon Staff writer

Tiffany Goodall

ASB Ministries Coordinator

interviewed by kristin zanon

Q: First, what made you want to be the ASB Ministries Coordinator? A: When I was preparing for the Uganda trip last year, God just laid it on my heart to help students be more involved in missions at Corban, or missions in general. Q: What influence do you feel you have in missions at Corban as Ministries Coordinator? A: As the Ministries Coordinator, I try to help students get more involved in the ministry aspect of community, like with the praise and worship nights. Q: Tell me more about your heart for missions. What is your vision for Corban missions?

Tiffany Goodall

A: I know a lot of people aren’t called to go overseas, but all Christians are called to be involved in the Great Commission, whether that’s praying for people who are going on missions or praying for other countries. I would like to see people at Corban come together and really be praying for missions. And also to see students get involved in going on trips as well, wherever they feel God’s calling them. It doesn’t have to be overseas or in a different culture; it can be right here. Q: Let’s talk about Spring Break this year. Where are the Corban trips going? A: Los Angeles, Mexico, northwest Washington, and here in Salem. Q: What is the main focus of ministry in each location? A: In Mexico, they are building houses and doing VBS. In L.A., they’re working with Teen Challenge, doing street ministry, homeless outreach, and evangelism. In Washington, they’re doing music ministry and serving in churches in whatever ways those churches specifically need help. And in Salem, they’re doing kind of what SALT does in street ministry, working with different churches, and I think they’re going to be doing some manual labor, working at different houses around town. Q: Corban used to take students on international trips over Spring Break. Why aren’t we doing that anymore? A: We decided that since air travel took the majority of the time, it would be better to do international trips over the summer, because that way they wouldn’t have to worry about spending so much time traveling. They could do more ministry and not have to miss class. Q: Do you think it’s a good idea? A: I went to Italy my freshman year. Travel time took three-and-a-half days and that left less than a week for ministry. So it makes a lot of sense, because, with the time changes, not very many days are left to do ministry and get involved with the people you’re working with. Q: What has been the reaction to that change among Corban students and mission trip leaders? A: I think it’s pretty good. For example, the Italy trip is still going over the summer, and that’s the only international trip we had last year. I haven’t heard any negative reactions. Q: What would your response be if a Corban student asked you, “Why should I get involved in mission trips at Corban?” A: It’s a great way to spend your vacation when most college students just go out and party. And it’s a way to serve God and meet all kinds of people around the country. But first, pray. Whenever you go on a missions trip, God needs to be the #1 aspect in your life. You won’t be able to do His work if you’re not fully in line with God in His will. Spring Break trips have been going on at Corban for years, and students always come back with great experiences and learn about God in different aspects that you can’t learn when you’re here on campus. And you get to see God in a different light, learning from different people with whom you wouldn’t normally come in contact.


On Campus

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Mountain man By Audrey Terhune Staff writer

Mountains: steeples of earth that point to heaven. For years people have been going to the mountains, climbing them to experience the thrill and joy of being in God’s creation and seeing his masterpiece from great heights with a view that no skyscrapers could boast. All of this is captured in the photographs currently on display in the Psalm Center. Corban College’s own Dr. Matt Strauser, associate professor and director of choral activities, not only took these pictures, but built the simple wooden frames that crown the pictures Strauser adds a unique flair to his photos by including people. For him, “climbing … is always about being with people.” His favorite climbing trips revolve not around conquering great heights, but about being with family or friends. The people in these pictures add a human element, which might otherwise be missed in the mass of rocks and snow. The photos seem to smile, reaching out and encouraging the viewer to go with a group to the peaks to see some of God’s awesome wonders in nature. Because being with people is so important to him, Strauser said he would never climb a mountain alone. He likes to share what the mountains show about God with other. For him, there is a spiritual side to climbing that helps one to think about the Creator. As Strauser says, “There are just too many aspects about the mountain that lead you there” to a place that you can worship God and think about Him. It is even a great place to bring non-believing friends, because nature so clearly points to the power and majesty of God In his office, three pictures in his collection have special prominence. Each is unique, like they could be pic-

tures of different mountains. However, they are all of Mount Jefferson. Contemplatively, he looks at the pictures and explains, “You think you know a mountain…all it takes is a slight change (and its seems like a completely different mountain).” Just like life, mountains that seem so constant and stable are continually changing with the seasons. From snow to bare rocks, one can see through his lens that being on a mountain involves more than snow shoes. It involves being prepared for the unexpected and working as a team. The highest mountain he has been on was Mount McKinley. They reached 19,500 ft., only 8 ft. from the top, but, because he became ill, they had to turn around and go back. Strauser’s one concern with the pictures is that the viewers will not see their full scope. He described it as listening to a choir. A person can listen to a recording or listen to a live concert and get different perspectives. However, nothing beats the experience of actually being the one there singing in the choir and hearing its full power. Similar to looking at pictures of mountaineering, nothing beats the actual experience of climbing the mountain yourself. Hopefully, everyone who walks the halls of the Psalm Center will have an opportunity to see the pictures and be touched by the awe Photo courtesy of Dr. Matt Strauser and beauty of God’s creation. Mountaineering gear and plans for a climb keep Matt Strauser happy.

Pat Walsh: two careers, one passion By Bill DeHaven Staff writer

Pat Walsh installs the mechanism for the clock tower in 2007.

Photo by Corey Wells

Think you can find all the educators on campus in a classroom or in an office? Pat Walsh may make you think again. Walsh is the maintenance supervisor for Campus Care. The 62-year-old loves mechanics and even built his own house, which was designed by his wife. But Walsh has an even greater passion: education. Walsh graduated from the Oregon College of Education, the original name of Western Oregon University. Later, he received a master’s degree in education Photo by Corey Wells and health from Oregon State University. Pat Walsh cuts “N” and “M” into wet He’s quick to share the secret to success- concrete as a prank on Nancy Martyn, ful teaching. who is dean of Adult Studies. “Once (students) say ‘I want to know,’ you can teach them anything,” he said. applaud and cheer wildly. Then he asked Walsh speaks from experience. First how the volunteer felt. She felt great. working as a teacher at Whitaker Middle “The next person that walks through School, he later taught health at McKay that door, we all do that,” he said. High School when it first opened in 1980. After a few minutes, a student office He coached football, wrestling, and bas- worker entered the classroom to collect ketball while he was there and retired in the attendance sheet. She was met with 2005. loud applause and cheering. Surprised, Walsh took his Christian values ev- she rushed out of the room. erywhere. He didn’t allow his players to After another few minutes, another swear – and he imparted many other im- student office worker arrived, and the portant values to the students with whom class again responded with wild encourhe came into contact. agement. Student worker after worker “I can teach you all you need to know arrived in that classroom during that to be successful,” he remembers saying, hour; in fact, every student office worker “but the law won’t allow me to teach you ended up paying a visit, as Walsh found a portion of it.” out later, just to find out what was going Setting priorities and focus were some on inside the health class. of the concepts he taught. “We should encourage one another in “Only floss the teeth you want to keep,” what everybody does,” he said. “We all he said. Then he explained: “Floss the need that kind of encouragement.” things that are important in life for you to He also taught his students how to live be successful.” intentionally. He also taught students how important “We have the power of choice. Wherencouragement is. Once he asked a vol- ever you go, whatever you do, what do unteer to stand at the front of the class- you want to be?” Walsh often asked room and then got the rest of the class to them.


Off Campus

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Inspired performance Finding the Arts in Salem can be a difficult task, especially as it pertains to musical performances. And while Corban boasts concerts and recitals from accomplished students, there is nothing quite like listening to a nationally renowned performer or choir. Thanks to Willamette University, the Arts are available in ways they would not be otherwise. One student recently had the privilege of attending such a performance at the university and shared it with us.

This information was shared with the choir at West Salem High School (my former high The audition for the Luther school) on the morning of the University Nordic Choir is a Nordic choir’s performance painstaking, demanding pro- at Willamette University Jan. cess that only the elite of the 18. choral world have any chance Jesse Angelo, the director of competing in. About 600 at West, was from Luther and applicants try out for the always referenced the Norchoir every dic Choir year, and Their perforas one of only 18 sothe top in mance ... was pranos, alAmerica. truly the apex Most of the tos, tenors, and basses of choral sing- s t u d e n t s make the he ing, the likes of thought cut for the was embeltop group. which I had nev- lishing to They are er heard before support his required to alma main person. sing an arter, but his ray of chalclaims were lenging pieces in this process legitimized by that choir’s perthat most collegiate singers formance at Willamette. would take years to master. A single piece they sang By Andrew Tennant Freelance writer

featured roughly 16 soloists. Throughout the song, there were aleatoric sections in which each soloist could really explore the space. It almost became a game to find each voice in the mass of blue robes. The first soloist set the bar high, and I figured that only one soloist would be featured in the song; to my surprise, she was followed by numerous others, each equipped with a voice that resonated effortlessly through the space. Their performance was expressive, musical and truly the apex of choral singing the likes of which I had never heard in person before. It was inspiring to see fellow Christian singers utilize their talent to such an extent in the glorification of God.

Why not take Tennant’s words to heart and discover for yourself the many opportunities available to you? All it takes is a trip downtown and a willingness to be amazed. Check out http://www.willamette.edu/cla/music/performance/events/index.php for events.

Events Calendar Jan. 26

Mall Walking Program What: Get your walk on and fulfill those New Year’s exercise resolutions! Walk with others around Lancaster Mall. One lap equals approximately a half-mile. When: 6:30 - 10 a.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 7 - 11 a.m. Sundays How much: Free! Where: Lancaster Mall, 831 Lancaster Dr. NE, Salem 503.585.1338

Jan. 27

Garrison Keillor What: Host of the beloved weekly radio program A Prairie Home Companion, Garrison Keillor walks and talks the best of Americana. His masterful storytelling about life in the Midwest paints pictures that range from grade-school crushes, growing up in a low thermostat household to the wonderful cast of folks populating his beloved Lake Wobegon. When: 7:30 p.m. How much: $25 and up Where: Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 Southwest Broadway, Portland 503.248.4335

Feb. 2

Salem’s First Wednesday What: Shopping, dining, music and art – you’ll find all this and more at this community celebration. When: 5 – 8 p.m. How much: Free! Where: Downtown Salem Feb. 6 Paul Wright concert What: Paul Wright, RootDown, Nike Fury, BreakDown Dance Company and The Great Explorations concert to benefit Hosea Homeless Youth Services When: 7 to 10 p.m. How much: $6 advance, $8 at the door Where: Morse Event Center, Northwest Christian University, 828 E. 11th Ave., Eugene

Feb. 9 Wilco concert What: Veteran indie band Wilco brings their Grammy Award-winning alternative rock flavor to Portland. When: 8:00 p.m. How much: $35 Where: Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 Southwest Broadway, Portland 503.248.4335

Feb. 10

Scottish Social What: Scottish beverages, snacks and conversation. Wear your kilt or your tartan! When: 6 – 8 p.m. How much: Free! Where: Kilt & Thistle Scottish Shoppes Retail Store, 189 Liberty Street NE, Salem

Feb. 18

Rob Bell’s Drops Like Stars tour What: This national tour, based on Bell’s book of the same title, is described as a “two-hour exploration of the endlessly complex relationship between suffering and creativity.” When: 8 p.m. How much: $20 Where: Roseland Theater, 9 N.W. Sixth Ave., Portland www.robbell.com Feb. 12 – 28 2010 Olympic Winter Games What: Less than six hours away, the ancient athletics extravaganza is happening practically in Salem’s Canadian backyard. Grab some friends, pile on some sweaters, fill up the gas tank, and head up to Vancouver to revel in the international spirit and to see your choice of ice skating, hockey, bobsledding, snowboarding, Nordic combined, and the evercrowd-pleasing curling. When: Various times. How much: $22 and up Where: Locations vary, http://www.vancouver2010.com/


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By Megan Wozniak Editor in chief

It’s a matter of time before you graduate. A matter of time before you enter the “real world,” before you get a job, before you put on your grown-up pants - never to take them off again. While time keeps ticking away (thank you Steve Miller for your “Fly Like an Eagle” song, which dountlessly contributed to this axiom), we should have the presence of mind to grasp the remaining moments we have in the Corban cocoon and use them well, allowing us to leave this place not underprepared, but, to continue the metaphor, ready to fly. As it is in the best interest of students to fully grasp the realities that lie ahead, we, those at Hilltop News, have decided to impart on a journey that will take us through photos and text, into the lives of professionals - people we hope to become in the near future. The newspapers this semester will feature full page spreads on a day in the life of a typical professional, whether they be a teacher or a businessperson or even a pastor. But before we begin our quest, we must look quickly over our shoulders to the known, to the life at Corban that is so familiar. Only look back for a moment. It is, after all, only a matter of time before we must say, “bon voyage.”

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9:05 - frying eggs for breakfast; 10:27 - heading to class (Angela Bratland); 11:01 - falling asleep in class; 11:52 - walking the dog (Jane Seigman); 12:18 lunch at the dining hall; 12:50 - nap time in the student lounge (Alvin Chak and Rachel Morgan); 12:51 - preparing for class (Mary Adsit); 1:09 - tea counter at Common Grounds; 1:18 reading poetry in Minority Authors; 2:03 - studying in class (Heidi Hathorn); 3:41 - collecting research; 12:00 - studying before bed.


Sports

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Warriors at bat Mark Flores Staff writer After losing seniors Jason Braun to the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft and fan favorite Russ Johnston to graduation, the baseball team is in need of a centerpiece. Where that component may emerge remains to be seen as several transfers and recruits have joined the Warrior squad. After finishing the 2009 season with an 11-35 record, Corban will look to a core of upperclassmen to reverse a slew of unproductive seasons over the last decade. In his fourth season at the helm, Coach Nate Mayben will try to incorporate youth with experience to find a balance on a team full of question marks. Corban has already seen its share of off-season injury woes and will have to make do on the diamond without starting catcher, Taylor Stiles. The sophomore will undergo season negating shoulder surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff and labrum in his throwing hand, leaving senior Mitch Riddle and freshman Marc Labarthe with catching duties. Mayben and the Warriors will rely heavily on transfer players who bring a wealth of experience to Corban. Sophomore Jonathan Ramirez and juniors, Steven Candelaria and Brian Johnson all signed with Corban during the offseason in an attempt to re-vamp the depleted 2009 lineup. Ramirez, a transfer from Hancock Junior College, brings a defensive prowess to Corban’s middle infield. A freshman class headlined by pitching recruits, the Warriors added several prominent prep players to their roster. Freshman pitcher Jake Balbas will join his older brother Luke on the Warrior squad, where the two will play for the same team for the first time. “(A lot) of brotherly love -- it’s going to be fun,” said Ballbas. Returning contributors, juniors Nate Hiebert and Steven Blum, and senior Josh Warner will lead a young roster looking to improve. Blum’s .347 average at the plate, second best on the squad a year ago, will be needed in great supply if the Warriors wish to make strides in conference play. The Warriors open play Feb. 5 on the road against OIT. After playing consecutive games against the Hustlin’ Owls, Corban will head east to take part in the Regence Blue Shield of Idaho Tournament. While Corban baseball is looking to rear its head above the water, Lady Warrior softball has the potential to advance to the NAIA National Tournament after coming off a second place

finish in the Cascade Collegiate Conference in the 2009 season. Departed Warrior ace Erin Sailors leaves the only question mark in Corban’s quest for a breakout season. Newly signed junior Makenzie Marchbanks, sophomores Twyla Baggarley and Brittany Wagner, and freshman signee Nicolby Atallah will attempt to rebuild a staff that for the past two seasons centered around Sailors, arguably the greatest pitcher in Warrior history. Erin is the type of pitcher that is hard to replace, but Makenzie and company are very talented players that will step into their roles nicely,” said Ohta. Corban will be without junior pitcher Jennifer Kollaer, as she attempts to rehab torn knee cartilage and a detached meniscus. While Kollaer hopes to be back at the end of the season, she is optimistic about incoming freshmen and veterans. “I think we are very talented and have a lot of energy,” Kollaer said. Over the off-season, Softball Coach Nathan Ohta signed a top catcher prospect in Tamera Feb. The 5’9 freshman brings a strong hitting element to an already power laden lineup. Alongside her bat, Freshman Nicole Sikes, Junior Jessie Jones, Senior Rebecca Franke, and Jessica Schell anchor an intimidating batting order. Corban basketball star Katie Steigleman will join her sister, Rachel Kazmierski, on the diamond, bolstering Corban’s infield with versatility and speed. “Barring major injuries, this team has a very real chance to fight to be among the top teams in the conference this season,” siad Ohta. The Lady Warriors will travel north to open the 2009 season against Lewis & Clark. Their first test as a team will be six games over a two day spread at the Simpson Softball Tournament on February 12 and 13th.

“I think we are very talented and have a lot of energy.” - Jennifer Kollaer

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Amanda Mendenhall, shown playing Concordia, is an All-American honoree.

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By Mark Flores Staff writer

Lady Warriors soccer is on the rise. A key component to the Warriors return to prominence, including two trips to the Cascade Conference tournament, is the newest Warrior NAIA All-American honoree, sophomore Amanda Mendenhall. The 5-foot-8-inch midfielder is a catalyst for an already imposing Warrior lineup. Garnering starter duties immediately in her freshman season and continuing to terrorize opposing teams in her sophomore campaign, Mendenhall’s understanding of the game and resilience to play through injuries is a rarity. “Amanda is a competitor. She leaves everything on the field every game,” said Coach Marty Ziesemer. Announced this past December, it took a text from Mendenhall’s mother to give her the news that she had made the All-American list. “My mom texted me, saying I got it,” Mendenhall said. “I was so surprised that I was even considered for such a great award.” In her first two seasons, Mendenhall totes several accolades, including a second team All Conference Selection as a freshman and

a first team All Conference distinction following this past season. “While she is just one piece to the overall team, she makes a difference on the field almost every game. The coaches recognized her as one of the better players in the league so that show the respect they have for her,” said Coach Marty Ziesemer. Boasting commanding size and skill, Mendenhall adds teamwork to the mix. “My biggest asset to the team would be my physical play and composure on the field,” she said. Looking to next season, Mendenhall’s play will be needed more than ever, as she transitions to the reaches of carrying seniority as an upperclassman. “I have mixed emotions about being an upperclassman next year,” she said. “I am excited to help teach and play with new players, but, on the other hand, it comes with a lot of responsibility.” The 2010 Lady Warriors will lose senior netminder Jennifer Bassett, but will retain the rest of their squad. “I am very excited with the new players who have already signed and the many others who are still making decisions,” Mendenhall said. “With the great recruiting class that we have, along with many talented returning players, I can’t wait to see how we will do next season.”

Corban makes a run for it For the event, Corban will partner with Special Olympics. “Ultimately, it’s a donation for The athletics Department is the Special Olympics, as well as getting ready for a big running a fundraiser for Corban athletevent this summer. On May 22, ics,” Johnson said. He hopes to a 12-hour recontinue partlay will make nering with its way around Special Olymthe campus and pics for furthrough adjointher events and ing land owned projects. by the Oregon The event is Department of modeled as a Corrections. less-difficult “The esversion of the sence of it is Hood-to-Coast something fun relay that takes for the com- Dave Johnson place near Portmunity,” said land each year. Dave Johnson, director of Corban athlet- Johnson described the Hood-toics. He explained that it will be Coast as “a great team event.” an event for teams made up of It starts at Timberline Lodge at eight runners. Families, corpo- Mount Hood, proceeds through rations, clubs and schools can Sandy and Portland and ends at sign up to make up a team for Seaside on the Oregon Coast. While the Hood-to-Coast is $40 per team. By Bill DeHaven Staff writer

“The essence of it is something fun for the community.”

a 24-hour race, Corban’s relay will take 12 hours. Safety is a major concern for Johnson. During the relay, students who are part of the Athletics Department will staff first-aid tents that appear regularly along the track. In addition, Deer Park Drive will be closed while the relay is taking place, since part of the track will be on the road. In addition, a sporting-goods expo, featuring booths hosted by sporting gear and nutrition companies, will take place on the sportsplex fields during the event. An athlete himself, Johnson won the bronze medal for the decathlon at the Olympics in 1992. For him, his commitment to Christ was an important part of his diligence and perseverance at the competition. “Every day is a chance to bear the cross for Him because He bore the cross for us…I think we can do that, too,” he said.


Corban College~ January 26, 2010 ~ Page 9

By Mark Flores Staff writer

The Warrior Hall of Fame will recognize its first members during halftime at the men’s basketball game Saturday six school records and is the all-time leading scorer in NAIA and program history with 3,403 career points. The Hall of Fame will also induct Aaron In less than a week, an official induction ceremony will take place for the Warrior Lewis, a men’s soccer player during the Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame will induct mid-1990s. Lewis was a member of Westits class of 2010, which will include four ern Baptist’s soccer team for four years and outstanding athletes, one coach, one team, stands second in points and goals scored in and one service honoree, according to the Warrior history. Joining the athletes in the Hall of Fame Athletics Department. The Jan. 31 ceremony, to be held in the is former men’s basketball coach Tim Hills, Psalm Performing Arts Center, will begin who coached the team on and off between the decade on a high note, according to Dave 1969 and 1998, and dedicated 23 years to the head coach position. Not a newcomer to Johnson, director of athletics. “This is the beginning of a new and won- Hall of Fame recognition, Hills was elected into the NAIA Disderful era at Corban,” trict II Hall of Fame said Johnson. “We “This is the begin- in 1994, after being have the opportunity named NAIA Disto bring the old and ning of a new and trict II Coach of the new together and reYear twice. member the athletes, wonderful era at Joining the athletes coaches, teams, and Corban. We have the and Hills will be the outstanding service men’s people who are the opportunity to bring 1976-1977 basketball team. The cornerstones of what team won Western our athletics departthe old and new toBaptist their firstment is today.” While the official gether and remember ever national chamin any sport ceremony will be the athletes, coaches, pionship and was led to vicheld on Sunday, the honorees will be teams, and outstand- tory by Coach Hills. These amazing recognized first during the halftime of ing service people that athletes and coach have had a the men’s basketball are the cornerstones of would more difficult time game against Oregon winning their games Tech on Saturday, what our athletic without the support Jan. 30. department is today.” of fellow inductee This recognition Clarence E. Jeffers, will be more than - Dave Johnson who was the superappropriate, conintendent for the sidering that three C.E. Jeffers Sports of the athletes, the coach, and the team being honored belonged Center, which was completed in 1978. Though Jeffers passed away a year after the to Western Baptist’s basketball team. The men’s basketball athlete honorees in- completion, his contribution to the Departclude Roger Mosier, a two season player, ment of Athletics is still worthy of recogniwho was named a two-time Pacific North- tion. Those interested in participating in this west Conference MVP and an Associated Press All-American during his career; Don historic event may purchase tickets for the Hiebenthal, who played four seasons, helped event through the Department of Athletics, the team lead the Warriors to back-to-back which can be reached by calling (503) 375National Christian College Athletic Asso- 7021. The cost for each ticket is $10. ciation (NCCAA) national tournament and Information obtained through the a pair of NAIA playoff berths; and Brian Hills, another four-season player, who holds Athletics Department’s Web site. By Megan Wozniak Editor-in-chief

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After moments of promise, a first-year trip to the Cascade Collegiate Conference tournament, and a dismal record of 26-39-8, fourth-year coach Dave Irby’s tenure is over. On Jan. 11, the Irby era came to a close by his resignation of the men’s soccer coach position. Athletics Director Dave Johnson evaluated Irby’s performance over the last four seasons through a series of meetings. “Dave has been a great benefit to the men’s soccer program at Corban,” said Johnson. While at Corban, Irby’s first year team finished third in conference and garnered a CCC conference birth that ended in defeat at the hands of Concordia. After 2006, Corban failed to finish above sixth place out of the eight-team northwestbased conference. Perhaps his greatest contribution to Corban Soccer was his emphasis on Christian ethics on and off the field. Irby’s teams won backto-back “Champions of Character” awards in 2008 and 2009 further bolstered Corban’s reputation as a first-class institution with priorities in spiritual living and growth. “He is a true ambassador for Christ and has a strong desire for student success,” said Johnson. In his absence, assistant coach Brent Bentley holds interim coaching duties. Headed by Johnson, a full-scale search for Irby’s replacement has begun. Exiting Corban soccer with Irby, All-CCC honorees Aaron Franklin and Chris Smerke, along with fellow seniors, Jared Rust, Mark Mendenhall, and Kaleb Herring will graduate in May. Corban’s athletics department is now soliciting applications for the men’s soccer coach job.

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Scripture and gore don’t mix Movie Guide Positive Elements In a day and age of relativism and increasing biblical illiteracy, there is something good to be said about a movie with such strong spiritual undertones. The Bible is portrayed as a precious, sacred, lifechanging book that should be protected at all costs. Denzel Washington is phenomenal as the character of Eli. He doesn’t always say much, but his actions and countenance speak loudly at all times.

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Denzel Washington portrays a man on a quest following a nuclear holocaust.

By Kristin Zanon Staff writer The opening scene gave it away. A forest tinted a muted shade of green, covered in ash from a nuclear holocaust. A dead man with one too many holes in his head. A hairless cat preparing to gorge on the flesh of the deceased. I was in for a manly two hours. Good thing I didn’t buy any popcorn, because “The Book of Eli,” starring Denzel Washington as Eli, was not a movie to just curl up to with a bucket of buttery goodness. Released on Jan. 15, this film captures the journey of Eli, embarking on a significant quest after surviving a nuclear holocaust. In a world of faded colors and ash-covered earth, Eli sojourns past rusted cars occupied by the skeletons of the drivers left behind, empty houses with bodies hung in the closet and limited resources. Along the way he crosses paths with several different groups of bandits who threaten to steal from him or kill him. Violent fights break out, utilizing all weaponry from machetes, to chainsaws, to guns. Eli cuts off men’s hands, slits their throats or kills them in any other way necessary in the name of self-defense. Every day, Eli reads from what the audience soon learns is a coveted book. Many are hunting for it; Eli

is the only one who possesses it. He locks it with a key and won’t let anyone else touch it or read it. It’s the Bible: the only copy left in the world after the nuclear holocaust. The tagline of the movie is, “Some will kill to have it. He will kill to protect it.” Eli intends to use the Bible for good, but he has to fight and kill men whose intentions are to steal the book and use it to control, manipulate, and dominate the weak and desperate of the world. The spiritual battle between good and evil is undeniable in “The Book of Eli.” Eli quotes Scripture verbatim, teaches others to pray, and refers to the direction in which “a voice” (God) has told him to go. However, the fact that the Bible is in it does not justify seeing this movie. Mixed in with spirituality are gory violence, overused foul language, and excessive abuse of women. Eli’s quoting of Psalm 23 does not make up for the exhaustive negative elements in the movie. It’s rated R for a reason. While a plot twist at the end of the movie is hopeful and inspiring, it’s still just five minutes of redemption after 115 minutes of war. Let’s be honest – we go to Corban College. If you really want to learn about the Bible, go to chapel this week. Don’t skip Theology. Pay attention in Bible Survey. “The Book of Eli” isn’t going to teach you anything new.

Spiritual Content Eli seems to be in touch with the spiritual world. When he comes across a fight in the desert, he says to himself, “Stay on the path; it’s not your concern. Stay on the path…” He seems to be concerned with “the path.” Eli says to Carnegie (Gary Oldman), “You are gonna be held to account for the things you have done.” Eli quotes Scripture saying, “Cursed be the ground because of us, for out of the dust we were taken; to the dust we shall return.” Listening to the “voice” directing him, when people tell Eli there is nothing west where he is going, he says, “I’ve been told otherwise.” He teaches a young girl, Solara (Mila Kunis), to pray before they share a meal together. She then teaches her mother to pray. Carnegie tells someone why he wants The Book: “I grew up with it; I know its power.” Eli recites Psalm 23 from memory. Eli tells someone, “I heard a voice…like it was coming from inside me…” and when people question him, he says, “We walk by faith, not by sight. It doesn’t have to make sense, it’s faith.” Sexual Content Eli encounters a woman in the desert who is dressed in skimpy, provocative rags, appearing to just be waiting there for someone to love. In one scene where Eli is being held captive, the villain, Carnegie, sends a young girl in to Eli to try to convince him to sleep with her in hopes that that will cause him to stay and work for Carnegie. She wears a nightgown and talks seductively to Eli.

A scene of attempted rape has two bandits capturing a young girl, abusing her, throwing her to the ground, and one of the men starts to unzip his pants. Violent Content The first major battle of the movie is one in which you just see the silhouettes of the characters, but Eli cuts off a man’s hand and other men come at Eli with chainsaws and guns. In one scene, Eli smashes someone’s jaw. Eli also kills or injures nearly everyone in a bar in a rundown town. Violence is portrayed as a means to an end. The “bad guys” don’t value human life. In one scene, a man says, “He’s just an f-ing man. You put a bullet in him or you go down like any other.” In a scene where Eli and Solara are hiding in a house they found, men come to capture them using pistols, machine guns, grenades. A violent showdown takes place. Crude or Profane Language The f-word was extremely overused. Some other inappropriate names were also used. Drug & Alcohol Content Several scenes take place in bars. Many people are drinking or drunk. A lot of the people in these rundown towns have nothing to do except drink. A man encourages his friend to “Get slammed.” Other Negative Elements One theme that arose over and over in the film was the abuse of women. The villain of the film, Carnegie, has a young girl whom he prostitutes to other men to gain followers. If the young girl refuses, he threatens to beat or kill her mother. Conclusion There were good parts. I won’t deny that. But the violence, the language, and the abuse did not inspire me to read the Bible which the whole movie was about. The The movie might cause people who have never read the Bible to consider spiritual truths. However, those of us who already know the value of the Bible don’t need to sit through two hours of violent, crude battles to reaffirm its value.

The right amount of ‘sass’ By Audrey Terhune Staff writer

Photo by Bill DeHaven

A trio of lemonades -- blueberry, strawberry and marionberry -- at the Sassy Onion in Salem.

As I trudged toward the doors, frustrated with my difficulties at finding a parking spot near the restaurant, my eyes instantly noticed the dirtsmattered walls and overhang and the odd, opaque windows. I reached for the door, imagining an equally small and grungy interior. However, as I stepped inside, it was as if I had gone through a portal into a different dimension. Instead of a dirty, dimly lit restaurant, I found myself in a large room with creamy colored walls. The yellow lighting was adequate to show me there would be no fear of dirt on the chairs or unclean silverware on the tables. The staff strode around the restau-

rant cheerfully greeting and serving the patrons. Within minutes, my friends and I were seated at a small table which enhanced the cozy and familiar feel of The Sassy Onion. Throughout our time there, our waitress, a bouncy young lady who seemed to have a continual smile, treated us as friends more than customers. The menu, which changes from weekday to weekend, offered a variety of mouth-watering options, including everything from omelets to sandwiches to hamburgers. They even have a “Light Menu” section for those who would prefer a healthier option. Most of the meals averaged an affordable $8. What surprised me was the large selection of beverages offered. They ranged from blended smoothies to

rich cups of coffee. My eyes naturally drifted to the lemonade section. For me, a well-made strawberry lemonade is like a summertime vacation. If it is well-made, I am in a state of perfect bliss; however, if not, I am left with a chronic sour taste. This lemonade was one of the best I have ever tasted, and the tall curvy glasses they served it in added to the experience. The food was excellent with the right amount of seasoning and crispness. With more than enough food on our plates, we were able to sit and relax. The waitresses did not rush us out, and it struck me as a good place to come and study when they are not overly busy. The Sassy Onion is definitely a place I will return to the near future.


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Ignorance fuels fear Out of ignorance, fear is born. It’s a man- A safety center was built up within me to tra many have heard and one I try to take help prevent such future events because of to heart. what I learned that day. For thousands upon thousands of years Sadly, most people’s safety centers go a traditions have been passed down through little too far in their learning. Many have generations. But it is not only traditions probably internalized the lesson “If we that have been passed down. Woven into don’t know what it does or don’t know our recipes, songs, games and ceremonies much about it, we should probably stay are ideas about other cultures and within away from it,” which turns into “We should these are undercurrents of fear and igno- probably fear it.” rance, which often promote racism, inBeing immersed in a country where a equality and stigma. multi-cultural society is a part of our evThe idea of fearing what we do not know eryday lives, I believe, is very important to is not a new one, nor does it look like it understand. Unfortunately, there are those will be discontinued any time soon. Web- who choose to either pretend difference is ster’s dictionary defines fear as “the emo- not there or who choose to act out against tion experienced in the presence or threat it. Through such, phobias and prejudices of danger.” We fear whatever we perceive are born. as potentially threatening to our physical or Someone who has gay friends is not likepsychological well-being. ly to be homophobic, and someone who Sometimes, without much conscious gets regular shots is not likely to be afraid thought, we tend to categorize things or of needles. This is because they have sureven people into groups of what we per- rounded themselves not only with knowlceive as being safe or threatening, usually edge, but also with experience of the very based on how much knowledge we have of thing they might have initially feared. the world and our own experiences. The only way to get rid of fear is by However, we are not allgetting rid of ignorance. knowing, nor can we have The only way to get rid of “Unfortunately, ignorance is to educate. an endless array of eyeopening life experiences, A widespread underthere are those standing so we are bound to tread of each other’s cautiously in certain areas. cultures is needed to who chooose to We tread because we do dispel the cultural biases either pretend not know, and what we do that promote fear and vinot know can potentially People need to be difference is not olence. be dangerous. This anxitaught that there is nothety is often unsound and is there or act out ing to be afraid of, and merely caused by, whether that their neighbor is not against it.” we would like to admit it their enemy. or not, our fear of the unThe first commandment known. Jesus taught was to “love Ever heard the phrase, “What you don’t the Lord your God and to love your neighknow can’t hurt you?” bor.” We are not meant to be afraid; we Well, in my experience, what you don’t are meant to love, and love is never born know can certainly hurt others and it most out of fear. definitely can hurt you. I believe ignorance What do you do if you are afraid of the often causes such unknown fears. Fear is a dark? You turn on the light. Bringing to biological function which releases a reflex light the positives of diversity and learnthat’s only function is to keep one safe. ing about the good and the bad of things As a child, I remember very clearly my we might originally fear can potentially mother telling me not to touch the stove help us to overcome our collective fear of because it was hot. Of course, being very the dark. young, I did not understand that stove The key to removing ignorance is to exmeant hot, because I had not experienced pel bigotry and fear. And the only way to it yet. Sure enough, as soon as I touched do this is to remove ignorance wherever that stove and received burns on my hand, it’s found. I gained a respect and a healthy fear for the A wise man said once so many years ago, hot appliance. “The day you stop learning is the day you It is because of my experience that my stop living.” brain was able to discern between someTurn the light on. Learn and underthing that might be harmless or dangerous. stand.

Blots of ink Kate Schell Columnist

Not dead yet I would like to thank the flight in- al pastime: reading. In one medium, dustry for single-handedly keeping at least. The space-age appeal of an the paperback book industry alive. iPod can’t compete with that organic As my spring break flight to Denver feel of imprinted pages between your was taking off, the industrial build- fingers. The paperback novel still ings and crisscrossed streets shrink- rules the skies. At least until they ining into a massive Monopoly board vent the teleporter. outside the cabin window, I looked So maybe I should talk to my colaround to see more paperback novels lege advisor about switching my emthan in a Starbucks café on a Sunday phasis from journalism to creative morning. In fact, four of the five peo- writing. As Paul McCartney famousple in my line of vision had a paper- ly sang, “I want to be a paperback back in hand. writer.” After all, when four out of Funny, I thought the book market five passengers agree, it must be a was in an irreversible quality genre. landslide toward oblivAs the pilot an“I think news nounced ion, according to media the plane’s deprophets of doom and will always be scent, I looked out over gloom. My generation, the snowy mountains with its dependence on around, though of Colorado. Then the all things visual and its clouds above us broke, maybe not attention span of a kitand the sun shone printed on a through. ten on catnip, seems comfortable being alit- press or hurled Sure, I am getting erate. a degree in a broken Even I, a self-proat houses by economy and a dying claimed bookworm, But I think the neighbor- industry. would rather spend my news will always be spare time strolling around, though maybe hood paper downtown or watching not printed on a press or boy.” a movie with friends hurled at houses by the than reading a novel, neighborhood paperwhich smacks too much boy. Progress may be of homework. winning this battle against nostalgia, As an English major, this paperback but common sense will continue to comeback at 30,000 feet should thrill prevail in the war against apathy and me, but my emphasis is on journal- ignorance. ism – not publishing. As newspapers Good writing will continue to matlose circulation, drop employees and ter, and people will continue to wonmove online, I wonder if my journal- der what’s happening around their ism degree is a wise choice. world – though maybe in 300 words The quick, free access; short, im- or less, maybe accessorized with mediate updates; and multimedia in- video footage, related links, and a centives of Internet news are pushing discussion forum. the daily paper out of business at an Despite some turbulence and cries alarming rate. Sure, the media prob- of despair, the ride isn’t over for ably sensationalizes the decline (to journalism. It’s just transferring from sell more papers, of course), but the a helicopter to a rocket ship. shift is undeniable. Still, maybe I will talk to my adBut on Flight 1624, at least, the visor about those creative writing endless stream of multimedia has courses. Just in case I ever decide to failed to topple America’s intellectu- be a paperback writer.

Hilltop News Student publication of Corban College 5000 Deer Park Dr. SE, Salem OR 97317-9392 503-589-8151 - hilltopnews@corban.edu Hilltop News Editor: Megan Wozniak Hilltop Yearbook Editor: Ashley Moser Online Editor: Kate Schell Photo Editor: Kenneth Mabry The rest of the J-Lab team: Bill DeHaven, Audrey Terhune, Kristin Zanon, Adrienne Goodrich, Josh Millikan and Mark Flores Christena Brooks: J-Lab adviser Ellen Kersey: J-Lab co-adviser This publication reflects the views of the writers and editors and does not necessarily reflect the view of Corban College, its administration or trustees.


Campus Profile

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* It was a good opportunity to talk to student life and the administrators * It gave me an opportunity to see things from the faculty’s perspective * They definitely listened to what we had to say * A lot of students feel there’s a disconnect between what’s going on and the administration at Corban * It facilitated conversation * It was a good opportunity for students to understand how administration works * It was good for administrators to see it from the students’ point of view * There were a few policies changed * It broadened my knowledge of the issue * I learned a lot and I was able to share the administration’s thinking on a number of issues *

By Bill DeHaven Staff Writer

Student-led Think Tank, started in the fall of 2008, will embark on its second year this spring. Stemming from an idea by Marty Ziesemer, vice president for enrollment management, and started by David Collett, 2008 ASB president, Think Tank, also known as a student representative board, was designed to find “ways to connect students and the administration and facilitate communication,” Collett explained. “Traditionally, there’s been a big disconnect between students and administrators because they speak different languages,” Collett said. However, both want the best for the school. The Think Tank is “not a session to tear the school down, but to be constructive.” Last year, Think Tank meetings led to the introduction of weekly – as opposed to monthly – open dorms, as well as the largescreen TV now situated in the lounge area of Common Grounds. This year, ASB president Josh Warner and vice president Jordan Lindsey are hoping for the same kind of student representation. But Think Tank has encountered some setbacks. “At first we were really hoping for a fullyear thing,” said Lindsey. However, to allow Corban students to settle into campus life, ASB decided it would be best to wait to begin the student representative board until the spring semester. An additional setback was the lack of response to the ASB request for student representatives to sit on the board. Only about a dozen students replied to the e-mail sent out by Lindsey and Warner. “We want to have a representation in all the different areas” on campus, Warner said. To accomplish this, Think Tank should consist of about 15 students, representing a broader array of students, he said. One instance of the representation problem: only two of the dozen students who responded are male. Once Think Tank is assembled, its meetings will include the board, Lindsey, Warner, ASB communications officer Cara O’Halloran and a guest administrator. Students will ask questions of and discuss issues with the administrator. When asked which administrators would attend the board sometime during the semester, Warner responded, “probably the head of every department.”

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